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Rehearsal for Murder (1982)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 26 May 1982
A year after his fiancée's death, a playwright schedules a rehearsal for his new play, which proves to be a trap for her killer.

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David Greene
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Preston ... Alex Dennison
Lynn Redgrave ... Monica Welles
Patrick Macnee ... David Mathews
Lawrence Pressman ... Lloyd Andrews
William Russ ... Frank Heller
Madolyn Smith Osborne ... Karen Daniels (as Madolyn Smith)
Jeff Goldblum ... Leo Gibbs
William Daniels ... Walter Lamb
John Finnegan ... Damon
Nicholas Mele ... The First Officer
Vahan Moosekian Vahan Moosekian ... The Moving Man
Charles Robinson ... The Second Officer (as Charlie Robinson)
Wallace Rooney ... Ernie
Buck Young ... Lieutenant McElroy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sergio Kato ... The Third Officer
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Storyline

In a theatre on Broadway, a group of friends remember the opening night from one year ago. On this night, the leading lady was apparently murdered. On this day, these people, all involved in the production, are brought back by the fiancee of this murder victim, a distinguished playwright, to read for parts in his new play. However, he believes she was murdered, and now wants to catch the killer. Written by <Fildapimp@netscape.net>

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Where the curtain comes up on Terror


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Reading See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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William Russ and William Daniels later co-starred on the long running series Boy Meets World (1993) (Their characters, Alan Matthews and George Feeny, respectively, were next-door neighbors.) See more »

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[first lines]
Ernie: Who's there? Who's out there? Is that you Mr. Dennison?
Alex: Hello, Ernie, how you been?
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Another Pristine Preston Performance
8 October 2006 | by AirBourne_BdsSee all my reviews

Dostoevsky is claimed to once have said that if a gun is seen in the first act of a play then it must be shot with by the third...

This was very true of "Rehearsal For Murder" a made for TV film back in the early 80's with a veteran and sterling cast - including a very angular and fresh-faced Jeff Goldblum, pre-Fly.

The man who carried the show was the late, great, inimitable Robert Preston - while known known to have been in some westerns in the 50s, he shone in the original film of "The Music Man," as he did in "The Last Starfighter" and still to my view Robert Preston earned the Oscar in Blake Edwards' version of "Victor, Victoria" with Alex Karras, Dame Julie Andrews and James Garner (perhaps Karras getting Best Actor In Supporting Role).

I digress, yet Robert carried the show as the aggrieved and lovelorn playwright Alex Dennison, who was convinced his fiancée - played by Lynn Redgrave - was in fact murdered and not a suicide as most folk thought in the movie.

In what appears to be a roleplaying manhunt of a whodunit by Preston/Dennison, you are given the impression he already knows who did the deed - or does he? William "St Elsewhere" Daniels, Patrick "The Avengers" MacNee and ex-Wiseguy alumni William Russ all executed their parts with intricate precision in this mystery that will have you turning every which way until the very last minute and even then you may not see where the plot is heading...

A very well-written script from Richard Levinson & William Link - with a long combined history of writing for hit series like "Murder She Wrote," "Columbo," and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" then it's no mystery why this show if done as a book would be a sure-fire page-turner! http://tinyurl.com/3464k/


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